Close to fifty years in prison sentences was secured by a specialist team of Kent Police detectives and uniformed officers in March 2020.
The successful prosecutions were brought about following investigations by the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, a team that primarily targets burglars and robbers but also deals with repeat offenders.
Alongside the forty-seven years and four months in prison sentences, they made 22 arrests and received authority from the Crown Prosecution Service to charge suspects with a total of 62 new offences. Fifteen warrants were carried out.
Chief Constable of Kent Alan Pughsley said: ‘Amid a backdrop of uncertainty, my officers in the Crime Squad are continuing to achieve outstanding results. Each day they leave their families at home to target offenders who cause real harm to our communities and they are doubtlessly making our county safer. I am exceptionally proud of their efforts.
‘These results clearly show our day-to-day police work does not stop and we remain committed to tackling and preventing crime, targeting the most dangerous members of our society and protecting those who are most vulnerable.’
Successful cases in the past month include two men being jailed for stealing around 40 laptops from a shop in Ashford after they used a sledgehammer to knock down one of its walls and a Sittingbourne burglar being imprisoned after he was apprehended at the scene by a victim.
The Crime Squad was first launched in February 2019 and in its first year it secured 377 years in prison sentences, arrested over 300 people and received authority to issue 1,050 criminal charges.
Detective Chief Inspector Lopa McDermott, who leads the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, said: ‘At the heart of every case is a victim and we are committed to achieving the best possible results for them.
‘The challenges currently faced by the emergency services have been well publicised, but we remain as determined as ever to protect our communities.
‘The results from March are without doubt pleasing and the public can be assured that there will no let-up in our efforts across the rest of the year.’